What we're about

At The Hacker Exchange, we believe that entrepreneurship is a state of mind.

Our mission is to connect budding Australian entrepreneurs with the opportunities, passion, networks and resources that can only be found in Silicon Valley, the innovation capital of the world.


Through immersive tours, student exchange programs and strategically placed internships, our participants emerge as a generation of leaders ready to accelerate Australia's economy and culture of creativity.

Our philosophy? To inspire action, pay it forward and never stop learning. 

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For the next generation of entrepreneurs

Student Innovation Exchange

Over two inspiring weeks, you'll learn from world-class thought leaders and mentors, apply these insights to your own idea, and work hands-on with Silicon Valley startups.

You'll have thought-provoking workshops and awesome tours by day, meet-ups and social events in the evenings, free blocks of time to network or polish your pitches, and access to some of the freshest co-working spaces in the Valley, 

Experience first-hand the speed and scale of Silicon Valley’s game of entrepreneurship; where you'll genuinely never know which coffee catch-up could change your life. 

This program is open to all students and alumni from our select university partners. Academic accreditation and OS-HELP reimbursement may also apply. 


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Work experience like no other

Internships & Graduate Placements

Through our university partnerships and relationships with recruiters and high-growth startups in Silicon Valley, The Hacker Exchange provides employment opportunities to the most talented and promising university students.

Learn the culture and attitude from the most elite players in the world. Learn international best practices and take on a global mindset. Come back home and become the future change makers and leaders of Australia.

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For founders with a global vision

HEX for Founders

You are an early-stage startup with the drive and passion to scale beyond Australia. You have an undying sense of urgency. You believe that if your vision is not global, you’ve already lost the race in such a competitive and global landscape.

Our HEX Program is a curriculum tailored specifically for startups that are ready to take their companies global.

Expressions of interest for the second half of 2017 close at the end of April. 


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Yes, I'm interested!

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Some of our partners

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Startup Victoria
Frank, Rimerman & Co
SOA Projects
DLA Piper
Growth X
McCown & Evans
Plug and Play
Silicon Valley Bank
Sutter Legal
Bay Angels

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